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The magical day has arrived, within a few hours we will know who the Chicago Bears will take in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft

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A fan of the Chicago Bears displays a sign during the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS / DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Talender: Bears GM Pace has been around for 3 seasons but doesn’t have much to show for it - Chicago Sun-Times - Pace seems so honest and forthright that it isn’t until later that you realize you better check to make sure your wallet is still in your back pocket.

Finley: Bears met with OLB Bradley Chubb, who thinks 'they can trade up' - Chicago Sun-Times - Bradley Chubb visited three teams in the last two months — the Giants, who hold the No. 2 pick Thursday; the Bucs, who pick seventh, and the Bears.

Finley: On eve of selection, no one's sure which QB will be taken first - Chicago Sun-Times - The Browns, with the first overall pick, will choose among USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming's Josh Allen

Finley: From trades to needs to sure things, where the Bears could turn on draft night - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears don’t have a third-round pick this year after trading it for Mitch Trubisky, so they’d have to get creative to move up

Finley: Bears consultant Brad Childress takes head-coaching job in start-up league - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Childress was hired Wednesday to be the head coach of the Atlanta franchise of the start-up Alliance of American Football.

Jahns: When it comes to the draft, Bears GM Ryan Pace is NFL's man of mystery - Chicago Sun-Times - The only position off the table for the Bears at No. 8 is quarterback. Pace said that this week.

Thompson: Is Ryan Pace really the NFL's worst GM? NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal defends his stance - Chicago Tribune - NFL.com columnist Gregg Rosenthal knows that critiquing general managers can be a touchy subject, but even he wasn’t quite ready for the reaction from Bears fans when he ranked Ryan Pace last among GMs who have been on the job at least one season.

Boghossian: Bears have picked 5 times at No. 8 but they've yet to strike gold in the NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - A look at the five players the Bears have chosen with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft.

Biggs: Mike Singletary to announce the Bears' 2nd-round pick - Chicago Tribune - Arguably the greatest second-round pick in Bears history is scheduled to announce the club’s next second-round pick.

Rosenbloom: Roquan Smith looks like a good draft option for the Bears - unless he's the next Shea McClellin - Chicago Tribune - When it comes to a potential Bear on the front seven who's a bit undersized, has some trouble shedding blocks and might be asked to adapt to a spot that doesn't play to all his strengths, I think of Shea McClellin. Maybe that's not fair, but with the Bears it's a coin flip that it works out.

Biggs: Bears in position for a beautiful first night of the NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - The Bears talk in terms of the "cloud" of players being considered for the team's first-round pick at No. 8. The forecast is for them to land an excellent player, one who can enhance the roster immediately.

Campbell: Analyzing 6 potential draft candidates for the No. 8 pick - Chicago Tribune -Analyzing six candidates for the Bears' selection with the eighth pick in the NFL draft.

LeGere: A round-by-round look at who Chicago Bears could take in NFL Draft - Daily Herald - For now, Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has seven picks in this week's NFL draft, which starts Thursday. Assuming they don't make any trades, here's a look at seven players that Bob LeGere believes could be selected by the Bears.

Ep. 113: Who should the Bears draft with the 8th pick? - NBC Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin make their cases for who the Bears should pick when they go on the clock on Thursday. They also offer who they think Ryan Pace will pick 8th overall. Plus, are there trade-down scenarios in play? And will Pace's pick signal a change in thinking at Halas Hall?

Mullin: Why the Bears should draft Tremaine Edmunds with the 8th overall pick - NBC Sports Chicago - John "Moon" Mullin makes his case for why the Bears should draft Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the eighth overall pick on Thursday.

Stankevitz: Why the Bears should draft Quenton Nelson with the 8th overall pick - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz makes his case for why the Bears should draft Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with the eighth overall pick on Thursday.

Moon and JJ's final mock draft: Do the Bears go with offense or defense at No. 8? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need help on defense, but have spent most of 2018 building around Mitch Trubisky and the offense. So what direction does Ryan Pace go on Thursday night?

LeGere: Bob LeGere's Chicago Bears 7-round mock draft - Pro Football Weekly - Notre Dame OG Nelson could be the pick if Bears stay at No. 8

NFL Draft: Todd McShay says Bears among three teams most likely to trade down - Bears Wire - ESPN's Todd McShay thinks the Chicago Bears are one of three teams most likely to trade down in the 2018 NFL Draft

Mayer: Who analysts think Bears will draft - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL Draft commencing Thursday night, ChicagoBears.com takes a final look at who analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 8 pick in the first round.

Mayer: Which players have been drafted 8th? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses prospects who have been taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft that the Bears own this year and the college that has produced the most Bears draft picks.

Mayer: Bears hosting Draft Party at Soldier Field - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears first-round draft picks Mitchell Trubisky, Leonard Floyd and Kyle Fuller are among more than a dozen players slated to attend the 2018 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Draft Party from 4-10 p.m. Thursday at Soldier Field.

Dannehy: 2018 NFL Mock Draft - Da Bears Blog - I don’t remember ever being so confused before a draft.

Dickerson: Roquan Smith would add speed, leadership to Chicago Bears defense - ESPN - The Georgia linebacker was the best player available for Chicago at No. 8 overall in the NFL Nation mock draft.

Eurich: Bears still feel great about selecting Eddie Jackson in 2017 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears knew quickly Eddie Jackson could be a leader for them.

Cubs President Theo Epstein suggests Bears draft Quenton Nelson - 247Sports - Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein knows a thing or two about building a winning organization.

Eurich: Marcus Davenport admits he met with Bears ahead of the draft - 247Sports - Marcus Davenport put up 8.5 sacks in his senior season at UTSA.

Emma: Bears' Ryan Pace Leaves Us Wondering Once Again Ahead Of Draft Night - 670 The Score - In parsing through Pace's excitement, there are hints to what he may do.

Gabriel: Inside Story On How Bears Drafted Icons Devin Hester, Matt Forte - 670 The Score - Before their storied careers, there was plenty difference of opinion on the prospects.

Shepkowski's Mock Draft: Bears Go With Safe Pick - 670 The Score - The NFL Draft gets going with the first round Thursday evening.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Spielman: Soldier Field security battle brews amid alleged problems at clout-heavy firm - Chicago Sun-Times - The audit was ordered to see if the problems that cost Monterrey its contract at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis also were occurring in Chicago.

Smith: 2012 quarterback class a cautionary tale for 2018 – ProFootballTalk - At least four quarterbacks will go in the first round of the NFL draft tomorrow night, making this year's a particularly strong quarterback class. But the last draft class with four first-round quarterbacks serves as a cautionary tale.

PFT’s one and only 2018 mock draft – ProFootballTalk - Editor's note: I've had very little to do with this mock draft. So don't blame me if you hate it. If you like it, I'll take the credit. The mock draft was largely with input from people who have experience drafting players, including one person whose name would be instantly recognizable and would p...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Mike Mayock Mock Draft: NFL Network analyst mocks Will Hernandez to Vikings - Daily Norseman - As the Mock Draft Database hath foretold

Lions notes: Will Detroit be able to find a trade-down partner? - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit should trade down, but can they find a partner?

Packers Draft Rumors: Green Bay Packers may move up from 14th pick - Acme Packing Company - NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport says keep an eye on the Packers to trade up in the first round

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 2018 NFL Draft - Chicago Bears fans, who is your guy? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are slated to pick No. 8 overall. Who do you want at that slot?

Zeglinski's Chicago Bears’ 2018 NFL Draft Primer: on Cloud Eight - Windy City Gridiron - One more sleep until the draft and days of over-analysis are over. A "called shot" and Bears preview on the latest WCG Radio.

Zeglinski: Mike Singletary and Charles Tillman to announce Chicago Bears’ Day 2 draft picks - Windy City Gridiron - Two Bears legends receive the honor of announcing part of the next class of Bears.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears draft preview 2018 - Linebackers - Windy City Gridiron - Linebacker is a touchy subject, as it’s a position rich in history for the Bears. The final part of this draft series finds the heir apparent.

Sunderbruch's Chicago Bears 2018 Seven-Round NFL Mock Draft: SEC edition - Windy City Gridiron - The SEC produces the most draft picks, both overall and at the top of the draft. If Ryan Pace were limited only to players from the SEC, what’s the best fans could hope for?

Curl: Chicago Bears 2018 Draft Clouds - 4 through 6 - Windy City Gridiron - I continue my stratospheric exploration of the Bears draft rankings, dipping down to the players likely to be available for the Bears second round pick.

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